Like many community colleges, Lorain County Community College has seen its mission grow in scope and complexity as it meets the demands of an increasingly diverse student body. At the same time, a fiscally challenging environment has forced the institution to seek more innovative and cost effective ways to meet these challenges.
Through creative programming, planning and design, the Bass Library & Community Resource Center at LCCC will support and enhance the educational mission of the college while also supporting a broad range of community initiatives and programs. The building was programmed to overlap other campus functions in order to both create a more vibrant and robust experience as well as to gain efficiencies by not overbuilding. The ground floor of the library contains a one stop shopping array of student services and outreach programs, as well as a branch library of the local public library system, the Elyria Public Library. The second floor of the library contains a bridge linking the building to the college's student center.
The library itself is designed around a main reading room containing both an electronic commons as well as the traditional print collection, housed within compact shelving. Flanking both sides of this space are library services, classrooms, and the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Program. The main space is capped by a large glass volume, its undulating roofline making it a campus icon visible from a major arterial road running adjacent to campus.
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